Developing Insecurity: Sorcery, Witchcraft and Melanesian Economic Development

Author/s: Richard Eves and Miranda Forsyth

There are compelling reasons for development practitioners to see sorcery and witchcraft as a serious human rights issue, particularly when it leads to accusations, torture and killings. However, in this Discussion Paper we argue that development practitioners should also see sorcery and witchcraft as a serious development issue, for the culture of insecurity they create undermines the goals of poverty reduction and development through inhibiting entrepreneurial efforts, as we explain below.

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  • Publisher: State, Society & Governance in Melanesia (Australian National University)
  • Date Published: December 30, 2015
  • Language published in: English
  • Search keywords: Violence, Violence Against Women, Gender Based Violence, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Sorcery, Witchcraft

Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence against Women